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Mathematical Physics BS - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: 19.02 PHYSICS-GEN-NO BIOPHYSCS, CIP: 40.0810 Theoretical and Mathematical Physics)

Department of Physics

239 Fronczak Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1500

John Cerne
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Becoming a Mathematical Physics BS Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), SAT or ACT scores and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. For the 2018 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 25-30 and an average SAT score of 1190-1350. The average GPA ranged from 91-96.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

It is necessary to apply for acceptance into any of the Physics programs. The acceptance criteria for students who have completed the relevant coursework at UB are given with the summaries for each degree program. Students who receive a 4 or 5 on the Physics C Mechanics AP exam, and the Physics C Electricity and Magnetism AP exam, can get credit for PHY 107 General Physics 1 and PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics 2/General Physics 2 Lab, respectively. The undergraduate director, Professor John Cerne, should be contacted by email for acceptance.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Transfer students should make sure all their courses from their previous institutions are articulated (transferred) into equivalent UB courses (not just TR 999). Many courses other institutions (especially if it is a SUNY school) are already in our course articulation database and will automatically be articulated. If you do not find your course at TAURUS, you will need to fill out a course articulation form and submit a detailed syllabus (including textbook used and chapters covered) of the previous course to Taurus. The forms are available on the TAURUS website.

If all the prerequisite courses are successfully articulated, you are eligible to be admitted to this program.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Students who have completed MTH 141, MTH 142, PHY 107-PHY 108 (or PHY 117-PHY 118, preferred), and PHY 158 with an average grade of 2.5 or better, are eligible for this program.

In general, it is possible to apply for any of the programs in the sophomore year. The undergraduate director, Professor John Cerne, should be contacted by email for acceptance into any of the degree programs except for the BS in engineering physics, which is administered by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Suggested Introductory Courses

Students interested in pursuing a degree in physics should begin by taking MTH 141-MTH 142 and PHY 107-PHY 108 (or PHY 117-PHY 118, preferred) and PHY 158 or equivalent honors courses. This is particularly important for PHY 107 and PHY 108, which have PHY 117 and PHY 118 as their equivalent honors courses, and are designed to benefit physics majors and strong engineering students.

Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:41:22